19. August 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – No fencing this week, rounders instead? plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: (24th August): No fencing: So, rounders anyone?

Does anyone fancy a game of rounders in the park? Drop an email to ratherplayrounders@sa-fc.org.uk

James wants to know if he’ll be the only one there?!

Last week: Message from the Chairman (that’s ‘James’ to you n’ me)

Great nights fencing at St Albans last night – a real BUZZ about the place. Great to have both Jon and Laura there coaching, and fantastic to have visitors from Hitchin, Luton, Decorum and Camden. Thanks to everyone who came along, I hope you enjoyed it as much as Chairman James did. Remember we’re NOT fencing next week (24th), we’ll be back on the 31st August.

Last week: SAFC at the Station

Ben, Giles and James fronted up at the city station last Thursday and handed-out flyers to the teeming masses!

Next week: (31st August): Change of coach

Laura will be coaching again next week in Andy D’s absence.

7th September: New Beginners course starts

Please spread the word about the up-coming course! Details here. Note, any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course. There will be no additional cost for quarterly paying members. This is a great chance to sharpen some of your skills. If you are interested, please mention it to Giles and he will add you to the attendee list.

9th September: World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!

Intrepid SAFC members will be running in full kit (okay, I may be over selling this) at the Parkrun on Saturday, 9th September, as part of the FencingMob18 / World Fencing Day activities. If you partake in running and are going, please post pictures on Facebook and link to our posts, share posts etc.! More details to follow.

10th September: Open Air Competition

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

Summer Fencing

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • Club closed on 24th August (and therefore no Club Competition night this month).
  • 7th September: Beginners course starts.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: SAFC v. Parkrun
  • 10th September: Open Air Competition.
  • 18th September: Committee meeting. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th Please contact Matthew if you want to be on the team.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th Please contact Matthew.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th Please contact Matthew.

 

Hoping you have a fab week!

15. August 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – 3rd Thursday = Sabre Night!, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Sabre night!

It is the 3rd Thursday of the month, so it must be Sabre night!

* Sabre coach available, in the form of Jon Daley, to give individual lessons.

* Beginners and Experienced sabruers welcome to join in, have lessons and compete.

* One piste dedicated to Sabre, so you’ll be guaranteed to get a good number of bouts. More pistes available as demand dictates!

Remember, if you are a member of a local fencing club and pay regularly there, you can fence with us for a £5 a night.

This week: Change of coach for a couple of weeks

Laura will be coaching tonight! Andy D is away to sunnier climes for a couple of weeks, so Laura will be visiting this week and on 31st August (club closed on 24th August).

Last week: SAFC at the Station

Harriet, Russell and James fronted up at the city station last Thursday and handed-out 100 flyers! The Facebook post had a really nice response with engagement of over 400 people, which is really good for a static picture post. And at least one person who has signed-up to the Beginner course as a direct result! More of the same happening on the 17th August!

Beginners course starts on Thursday, 7th September

Please spread the word about the up-coming course! Details here.

Note, any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course. There will be no additional cost for quarterly paying members. This is a great chance to sharpen some of your skills. If you are interested, please mention it to Giles and he will add you to the attendee list.

World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!: 9th September

Intrepid SAFC members will be running in full kit at the Parkrun on Saturday, 9th September, as part of the FencingMob18 / World Fencing Day activities. If you partake in running and are going, please post pictures on Facebook and link to our posts, share posts etc.! More details to follow.

Open Air Competition: 10th September

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

Summer Fencing

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events

We have two competitions in the Eastern Region coming up soon.

August:

The Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil is on Sunday the 20th August. This is a friendly foil competition and would recommend for those who wish to get involved in competition fencing. To registration link: http://gywfc.co.uk/inv.htm

 

September:

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • St Albans City Station promotion on 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August (and therefore no Club Competition night this month).
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: SAFC v. Parkrun
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.
  • Committee meeting 18th September. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

 

 

Hoping you have a fab week!

08. August 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – News and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Free fencing

Well, not ‘free’ but come along and fence anything you want…

Open Air Competition: 10th September

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

SAFC in The Sword

We had an article in British Fencing magazine ‘The Sword’ about our attempts at promotion, here is a link: see PP29 sword mag

Summer Fencing

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events

We have two competitions in the Eastern Region coming up soon.

August:

The Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil is on Sunday the 20th August. This is a friendly foil competition and would recommend for those who wish to get involved in competition fencing. To register contact Robert: rj.gywfc@gmail.com

September:

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • St Albans City Station promotion on 10th and 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August (and therefore no Club Competition night this month).
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: We will be doing a promo at the St Albans Park Run!
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.
  • Committee meeting 18th If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

 

Hoping you have a fab week!

31. July 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – 1st Thursday = Epee night, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Epee night

This week will be an Epee night, so as well as the foil pistes, we will have at least one piste dedicated to Epee.

Open Air Competition: 10th September

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. Despite valiant efforts to find a different location, we have drawn a blank. My first Open Air was last year and it was a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some ( a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in! More details and flyers etc. to follow shortly.

Summer Fencing

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events

We have two competitions in the Eastern Region coming up soon.

August:

The Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil is on Sunday the 20th August. This is a friendly foil competition and would recommend for those who wish to get involved in competition fencing. To register contact Robert: rj.gywfc@gmail.com

September:

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up

  • Committee meeting 7th August. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • St Albans City Station promotion on 10th August and 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August.
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September.
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.

Hoping you have a fab week!

26. July 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – 4th Thursday = Competition night and start of Intermediate course, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Last week of the Beginners course / Start of the Intermediate course

Congratulations to all our Beginners on completing the course!

We had two people drop-out, one because of pulled muscle (not whilst fencing thankfully!) and the other due to work commitments and she is planning to be back for the next course.

After the Poule Unique last week (results below) it is a chance to compete in teams with the rest of the club.

But before that we will have the Intermediate course starting. The format is a half hour session with a coach to continue the development process. The course will run for five sessions to 31st August (the club is closed on 24th August).

This is open to all SAFC quarterly members for free, and for those paying on a weekly basis they can pay an additional £5 per session to attend.

If you are planning to join in with the Intermediate course, whether you are a recent Beginner or not, please reply to this email so we have an idea on likely numbers.

This week: Club Competition night!

It is 4th Thursday so it is Club Competition night!

  • Every 4th Thursday of the month!
  • Not sure on the format for this week, as yet…
  • Beginners and Experienced foilists welcome to join in.

Remember, if you are a member of a local fencing club and pay regularly there, you can fence with us for a £5 a night.

Last week: Beginners Poule Unique results

Andy ran a Poule Unique for the Beginners and here are the results:

1st: Richard: three victories

2nd: Stefan: two victories and one defeat

3rd: Dasun: one victory and two defeats

4th Alex: three defeats

Time this week to see if some of that was beginners luck and whether some revenge can be meted out in the Club Competition!

Open Air Competition

As mentioned last week, the Open Air Competition is on, 10th September, we are just checking if we can change location, more to follow when plans have been finalised… In the meantime, please put it in your diaries and we are looking forward to seeing you there, where ever ‘there’ turns out to be!

Summer Fencing:

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events:

We have two competitions in the Eastern Region coming up soon.

August:

The Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil is on Sunday the 20th August. This is a friendly foil competition and would recommend for those who wish to get involved in competition fencing. To register contact Robert: rj.gywfc@gmail.com

September:

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • Intermediate course starts 27th July. The course will run for five sessions to 31st August (the club is closed on 24th August).
  • Committee meeting 7th August. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • St Albans City Station promotion on 10th August and 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August.
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September.
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.

 

19. July 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – 3rd Thursday = Sabre Night!, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Week 6 of Beginners course:

As next week is club competition night, we thought we would swap the Poule Unique week for that, so this week will be an introduction to Epee and Sabre, which is nice as it coincides with Sabre Night at the club!

This week: Sabre Night!

It is the 3rd Thursday of the month, so it must be Sabre night!

* Sabre coach available, in the form of Jon Daley, to give individual lessons.

* Beginners and Experienced sabruers welcome to join in, have lessons and compete.

* One piste dedicated to Sabre, so you’ll be guaranteed to get a good number of bouts. More pistes available as demand dictates!

Remember, if you are a member of a local fencing club and pay regularly there, you can fence with us for a £5 a night.

Open Air Competition

As mentioned last week, the Open Air Competition is on, 10th September, we are just checking if we can change location, more to follow when plans have been finalised… In the meantime, please put it in your diaries and we are looking forward to seeing you there, where ever ‘there’ turns out to be!

Summer Fencing:

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 Sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Contact person Lajos Fazekas
lajos.fazekas@btinternet.com

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location at the Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Coming-up:

  • Intermediate course starts 27th July. The course will run for five sessions to 31st August (the club is closed on 24th August).
  • Committee meeting 7th August. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • St Albans City Station promotion on 10th and 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August.
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September.
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.

 

 

 

 

11. July 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – News and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Week 5 of Beginners course: Revision and free fence (best of 3 hit)

Now is a chance to revise what you have learnt so far and put it into action!

This week: Free fencing

Well, not ‘free’ but come along and fence anything you want…

St Albans City Station Promotion

We will be touting our wares at the station on Thursdays 10th and 17th August between 16:00 and 19:30. The aim is to continue our club promotion campaign, so if you are on your way home to pick-up your kit, please stop by to say hello!

Open Air Competition

The people at the FIE have cunningly scheduled the International Day of Fencing the day before the far more prestigious SAFC Open Air Competition which will take place 10th September! Format and location TBA.

Coming-up:

  • Intermediate course starts 27th July. The course will run for five sessions to 31st August (club is closed on the 24th August).
  • Committee meeting 7th August. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • St Albans City Station promotion on 10th and 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August.
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September.
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.

Have a great week!

05. July 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – News and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Week 4 of Beginners course: Basic Phrasing: 1st Counter Riposte

Things will get a bit more interesting as it becomes more of a conversation between you and your opponent! Enjoy!

This week: Epee night

This week will be an Epee night, so as well as the foil pistes, we will have at least one piste dedicated to Epee.

Coming-up:

  • Intermediate course starts 27th July. The course will run for five weeks to 31st August.
  • Committee meeting 7th August. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Club closed on 24th August

Have a great week!

27. June 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – News and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Week 3 of Beginners course: Basic defence

Last session was about the attack, this week is all about defence. You will learn about priority, a couple of different parries and what to do next.

Next week: Epee night

Next week will be an Epee night, so as well as the foil pistes, we will have a piste dedicated to Epee.

Coming-up:

  • Intermediate course starts 27th July. The course will run for five weeks to 31st August.
  • Committee meeting 7th August. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Club closed on 24th August.

Have a great week!

21. June 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – Club closed this week, so how about coming to the pub instead!, news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Club closed this week as the school want to use it! Shocking.

School hall is closed this week due to exams, so some of us will meet up in the garden of the Lower Red Lion AL3 4RX at 8 for a drink or two. Good food at the LRL but, you’ve got to have ordered by 8:30. See you (and your other halfs?) on Thursday.

We will be fencing as usual next week.

News: Three Counties Competition match reports: Hitchin: away match:

A hot and fun evening in Hitchin for David, Graham, Matthew, Giles and James. Thanks to Hitchin for hosting the event, and to James for the Bird Bus services. Epee was down to last fight and a number of 5-4 bouts so quite close. We won overall with scores of Epee 4-5, foil 2-7, both to us.

That is the last Three Counties Competition match this side of the summer holidays. The next match will be in September, a home match against Hitchin on the 7th September.

News: Alban Street Festival: Cancellation

We have decided not to participate at the Alban Street Festival. We have done two events in Christopher Place this year already, so there has been a lot of help members have already given this year. Hopefully, we will be able to build on this experience and do the festival next year!

Coming-up:

  • Club closed on 22nd June.
  • Committee meeting 26th If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.

Have a great week!